Red Tide Cleanup Volunteer Information

Please read our Red Tide Cleanup Safety Tips before you volunteer to help with red tide cleanup. Download a printable copy of volunteer tips and information.

Nets to Neighbors

Nets, buckets and masks are available at G. T. Bray Recreation Center.

Residents of Coral Shores, Trailer Estates and Wild Oak Bay should contact their HOA for equipment.

Red Tide Cleanup Safety Tips

  • Closed-Toed Shoes - Wear close-toed shoes that protect your feet. There may be fish bones and other items mixed in with the debris.
  • Gloves - Wear heavy garden style gloves or rubber gloves.
  • Masks - Wear a mask if you are sensitive to the smell or red tide toxins. If it's a windy day, you may also want to wear sunglasses.
  • Timing - The best times to cleanup are early morning hours before it is too hot. Limit your cleanup time to two hours or less, and stop working if you feel ill at any time during the cleanup.
  • Equipment - Use a rake or pitchfork to pick up the fish on the beach. Use a net to scoop them out of the water. Do not use your hands.
  • Buckets Not Bags - Scoop all collected material into buckets. Don't use bags as they may tear.
  • Disposal - Empty buckets into one of the public dumpsters designated for fish. Fish can be deposited directly into the dumpster. Bags are not necessary.
  • Rinse Off - Be sure to wash off all buckets and tools used for the cleanup.

How to Host a Red Tide Cleanup Workday

Removal of marine debris can be accomplished quickly with the use of volunteer assistance. To set up a workday, follow these steps:

  1. Select a date, time, and location for your workday. Provide your target audience with at least 2-3 days notice to attend. Be sure to tell participants what tools to bring and what to wear to the event as well as the location and timeline.

  2. Gather all materials in advance including any necessary safety equipment such as masks and gloves. We recommend asking volunteers to bring their own tools and gloves and providing buckets, water, and masks for them. Check out the safety tips below for more information to send participants.

  3. Be sure to have a dumpster available for the event. A listing and map of publicly available dumpsters is available at www.mymanatee.org/redtide

  4. The day of the event, arrive early and set up a check in area for your volunteers. Before you begin, review the safety tips above.

Buckets and nets are available for HOAs and neighborhoods. If you need help coordinating your event please contact Melissa at melissa.nell@mymanatee.org. Limited additional supplies and staff coordination will be available as needed.